The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA) and the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) have entered into a mutual co-operation agreement in order to promote the benefits of PV in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region which is forecast to grow to 3.5GW by 2015.
The agreement is in line with the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy’s (KA CARE) plans to install an additional 41GW of solar power in Saudi Arabia by 2032, of which 16GW will be sourced from PV while 25GW will be generated from solar thermal. KA CARE is a Saudi Arabian government body directing alternative energy development.
Bryan Ekus, IPVEA’s Manager Director, said: “This cooperation agreement is an important step for IPVEA in its collaboration with National associations. We are looking forward in working together with SASIA with the aim of achieving the regions targets and the opportunities that this brings for the international solar industry.”
Under the co-operation agreement, the two organisations will hold regular consultations on issues relating to market intelligence for localised PV manufacturing. They will also attend each other’s general meetings.
Browning Rockwell, SASIA’s Executive Director, added: “This cooperation agreement will certainly reinforce the commitment and contribution towards sustainable growth in Saudi Arabia – IPVEA is an excellent partner to share knowledge and experience from the PV manufacturing industry perspective.”